Yesterday I worked a little more on one of my WIPs. It is a story about a reluctant time traveler. It spans a good one hundred years and the temporal eventualities get rather complicated, so that I have to sit down and think them through from time to time. Trying to keep the family histories in line and who knew whom when is also not that simple.
I think genre-wise this would qualify somewhere between general fiction and science fiction. It is not supposed to be a romance like ‘The time travelers wife’. It might also fall under YA, because the main character is rather young.
Another WIP I have right now is a first person present tense story about a peasant girl, turned lady. It falls into fantasy and young adult.
It could be fantasy, because it is basically the hero’s journey told from a female perspective in the middle ages. It also has a nice dose of intrigue and scheming. It could fall under YA because the main character is sixteen and has to deal with some growing up issues.
My dystopian novel/trilogy is still in various editing stages. I have given up on calling it a YA novel, because the age of the protagonists is slightly out of the YA range and certain things that weren’t a problem when I called the first book of the trilogy just my book turned into problems when I called it YA. For now I guess it is a dystopian novel within general adult fiction. I don’t know if anyone wants to buy it, but I do know that most people who did read it did like it, or better said, they liked all three of the books.
I might also call it marginally science fiction, because of some emphasis on technology. However, I don’t think I explain the what and the how of that technology enough to warrant a strong science fiction connection.
Then there is still the story of the horse race with some comedy, gender bending and a huge twist at the end. I wrote this one as a western, but I am thinking of overhauling it to include some otherworld and space travel elements into it. I want to give it a ‘Firefly’ feel. So that would probably qualify as steam punk somewhere between general fiction and science fiction. It might also fall under comedy.
Sometimes I wish there wouldn’t be any genre pigeon holes and I could just call whatever manuscript I just wrote my book and leave it at that.